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09 September 2011, 10:35

Google's 7th Summer of Code comes to an end

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Google Summer of Code Google has announced that its seventh annual Google Summer of Code (GSoC) event has come to an end. More than 1,100 university students from 68 countries participated in this year's event by writing code for 175 open source organisations, 50 of which are new to GSoC. A total of 417 mentoring organisations, including the Blender Foundation, the Debian Project, the GNU Project, the KDE Project, LibreOffice and Mozilla, were accepted in 2011.

In a post on the "Open Source at Google" blog, OS program manager Carol Smith says that just over 88 per cent of the students passed their final evaluations, which is just short of 2010's record rate of 89%. Having passed their final exams, the students are now working on preparing their code samples for publication to their various repositories on

Each year Google seeks students and mentors from the FOSS community to take part in its annual GSoC event, which takes place over a period of three months. GSoC offers university students stipends to write and develop code for various open source projects. Over the past six years, 4,500 students from more than 85 countries have completed the GSoC programme with support from over 300 mentoring organisations.

Further information about the 2011 Google Summer of Code can be found on its open source programs web page. Google will publish more detailed programme statistics and reports to the Google open source blog over the coming weeks; a full overview of GSoC statistics is provided on the Program Information for Past Years page.

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